30 days to a happier you – Day 15 – Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates.

‘You never know what you are going to get’. This is a line from the film, Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks. The film covers death, depression, disability, motivation and love.

Life is full of wonderful things. We are blessed with our bodies, minds and senses and able to enjoy so many different things.

But what about the chocolates that we don’t expect or don’t like? Some of life’s experiences are harsh, painful and leave scars. And because our emotional scars are held in the sub conscious mind, we can think we are ok when we’re not. And we may behave in ways that we can’t control. Or we may completely falls to pieces or struggle to retain control in our everyday lives and things like going to work, running a home, maintaining relationships and sleep can become really difficult.

Many people will battle on, either struggling or pretending it’s not happening or hoping it will pass. And then MELTDOWN. It might just be some time off of work, or it might bring the end of a close relationship or even a nervous breakdown. But because issue were not addressed, it all becomes too much and the nervous system simply shuts down as it needs to rest.

The yucky chocolates

life pain

Life loves to throw a curveball doesn’t it? Sometimes expected, sometimes not at all but the big ones can really rock your world. Let’s look at some of the most common ones:


When someone you care about dies it hurts deeply. It may be a shock and will make a gap where that person was. It might bring up unresolved issues, guilt and regret.

Separation or divorce

Putting the practical issues of money etc. aside, it can seriously damage self-esteem and confidence. Life may feel unbearable and you might feel like no one understands you. You need to rebuild but it seems too hard because you don’t feel strong.

Redundancy and unemployment

This can bring huge uncertainty and worry and really knock your confidence in both yourself and your abilities.


If you or a loved one become ill, apart from the medical appointments there is stress, worry and anxiety. What does the future hold? It can be helpful to learn techniques which keep you in the moment and relieve stress so you can get through this life challenge.

What some people don’t realise if that when you are going through a traumatic time or feeling bad for no apparent reason, the difference getting therapy can make is unbelievable. You can feel better, gain strength and turn almost any situation into a learning experience. Once you learn to do this you will find future ‘yucky chocolates’ that life throws at you easier to deal with.

Here’s the plan:

  • Write a postcard to your younger self sharing some of the events of your life and any advice that you can offer
  • Sign up for my free relaxing Hypnosis download at my website
  • Get in touch if you would like a free 20 minute consultation

Happy hug 🙂



Honey Lansdowne is a successful Hypnotherapist in Worthing. She uses Hypnosis, NLP and 20 years coaching experience to help people overcome anxiety and depression in person and online.

  • All chocolates whether nice or nasty have lessons within them as long as we are open to learning them

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